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October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's a limit on ad spending during that 90-day period. Democracy Watch and the coalition's position is that a four- to six-month period is entirely appropriate. They're doing three months, and extending that even further is entirely appropriate. What B.C. has done is that if you

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Democracy Watch's proposal is that in between elections, there would be disclosure of how much each lobbyist or lobby group is spending on their campaigns. This is something we've proposed now for 24 years to the federal government. When we see that disclosure, if we see that o

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you for the opportunity, and I wish you luck in your deliberations.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you very much. Thank you to the committee for the opportunity to testify before you today. I am testifying here in my role as co-founder of Democracy Watch, which, if you are not aware, is a citizen advocacy group. We've been working since 1993 to make Canada the world's

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The pre-writ period and the writ period. I'm not sure where those figures came from in the backgrounder. I would just make the overall point: how are these limits set? Why not look at what parties actually spent in the pre-writ period leading up to the 2011, 2015 elections. It's

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  There's the Chief Electoral Officer. The ruling party can select that person now with just a majority vote in the House. No consultation is even required with opposition parties. As you may know, we have a court case right now challenging the Ethics Commissioner's appointment and

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think we have to start, if this transition is made, with a notice going out to anyone a party has information about, letting them know what they have and then asking for their consent to whatever the use the party wants to make of it, with a simplified form. That's how the tran

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  You can make an exception for that kind of thing. For example, people can be given notice in tax forms that this information is shared with political parties. There are ways of getting around that. I'm talking about other information that parties might have gathered from people—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I don't have a problem with that particular part. You were just saying that the party would have to notify every voter, but there is another way of dealing with that kind of thing, where parties are shared that basic information. I'm referring to the other information that's gat

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It addresses the pre-writ, which is a start, although I don't think July and August are going to be big spending periods for anybody. They'll save their money and spend it.... It depends, of course, exactly when the election is called, but I think you'll see all of that spending

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. The interim report that has to be filed will cover the pre-writ period or whatever period of time during the election campaign itself in which a party starts spending and crosses the threshold of $10,000, so there will be a disclosure if anyone participates. Some people ha

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Do you mean the disclosure of huge donations?

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher